BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo and his wife and three sons have been named in Paradise Papers as shareholders of NFM Energy Ltd, a gas drilling exploration company.
According to the leak, Awal, his wife Nasreen Fatema Awal, and three sons -- Tabith Mohammed Awal, Tafsir Mohammed Awal and Tajwar Muhammed Awal – are shareholders of the offshore gas drilling exploration company registered in Bermuda since August 9, 1999.
The findings have emerged as part of the Paradise Papers released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which was behind the Panama Papers made public last year.
They reported the funds reinvested the money in an array of businesses, including controversial rent-to-buy retailer BrightHouse, which has been accused of exploiting the poor, and a chain of alcohol stores that later went bankrupt.
The Paradise Papers contain 13.4 million documents mainly from Appleby, an offshore law firm with offices in Bermuda and beyond.
The files were first obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, and shared with the ICIJ and partner media outlets.